Campaign for Action Update: February 23, 2016


Leap Into Leadership Week Takes Tally of Nurses Who Lead

Beginning February 29, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and other members of the Nurses on Boards Coalition launch Leap Into Leadership, a weeklong effort to get nurses who serve on boards to stand up and be counted. Make sure that your board service gets counted between now and March 4!
President’s Proposed 2017 Budget: A Roundup of Nursing Funds

The administration’s budget for fiscal year 2017 touched on a lot of Culture of Health themes. In announcing it early this month, President Obama spoke of the need to work to deliver to all a fair shot at opportunity, tackle poverty, boost education, help families move to safer neighborhoods, and revitalize distressed communities. Some of the proposed funding will be given to train more nurses, extend home visiting programs, and to continue nursing research for the National Institute of Nursing Research within the National Institutes of Health. 


Read more about the proposed amounts for nursing and health.


Nurses to Urge OMB to Hear Public Comments on Pending Proposal

The Campaign for Action next week will join a group of nurses in urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to let the public make known its opinions on a proposal that would allow advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority in Veterans Health Administration facilities.  Proposed rules typically go into the Federal Register for public comment; that has not happened yet. Last week, AARP sent a letter to the OMB expressing strong support for our nation’s veterans to have the full range of care options provided by advanced practice registered nurses.
Modern Healthcare Focuses on Limits on Nursing Practice

A comprehensive article in Modern Healthcare gives a close look at the need Americans have for nurse practitioners to be allowed to “perform procedures, actions, and processes based on their education and training.” The piece quotes nurses who are stymied by laws from providing care that is needed; provides an assessment of the laws, by region; gives physicians’ take on the matter; and refers to the ultimate report that laid it all out: The Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendations.

Read more.

Editorial: Lower the Barriers to Care!

Using that story as a springboard, Modern Healthcare editor Merrill Goozner chides “regulatory and payment roadblocks” that stand in the way of many Americans being able to get basic service at a lower costs. The editorial “Lowering the barriers to primary care” cites nurse practitioners as stepping up to fill the need: “Growth among the ranks of advanced nurse practitioners has been even more explosive, up nearly 50% to 205,000 since 2010.” Looking ahead to health care needs in 2025, the editorial points to telehealth and physician assistants as solutions as well.

Read more.

Funding, Tools, and Other Opportunities

Nominate a “Health Data Liberator”

Data want to be free! That’s the thinking behind an award known as the Health Data Liberator Award. The more health data available, the more likely innovators can use those facts and stats to create products and services to improve health and health care. Do you know someone who contributes and leads in the liberation of health data, helping accelerate the pace and volume of data available? Nominate him or her for AcademyHealth’s Health Data Liberators award.

Deadline: March 27.

2016 Call for APHA Awards Nominations

Once a year, the American Public Health Association honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to public health. Now’s the time: APHA is accepting nominations. Learn about the awards offered, the criteria, and find the nomination forms.

Deadline: May 6.


Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars
The Center to Champion Nursing in America hosts technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. We also post information about webinars hosted by others that may be of interest.

Webinars Hosted by Others

Surplus? Shortage? Recent Trends in the RN Labor Market

Date: February 24
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

In light of a hot hospital labor market for RNs and reports of looming retirements of nurses, this discussion should be enlightening: Hear David Auerbach, MS, PhD,  a researcher at Montana State University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, and Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the Center, talk about employment trends of RNs through the end of 2015 as well as forecast national and regional trends.


New: Partnering With Lawyers to Address the Social Determinants of Health: A Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health
Date: March 10
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

True community health depends on collaboration by people from all walks of life and organizations from many sectors. Join Healthy People 2020, ChangeLab Solutions, Cincinnati Child Health-Law Partnership, the Cincinnati Health Department, and the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership to learn how you can build nontraditional partnerships to improve your community’s health. This webinar will explore innovative approaches to address the social determinants of health at the individual and community levels, including, for example, how adding lawyers to one health care team assisted in the treatment of asthma.

Recent Archived Center to Champion Nursing in America Webinars:

What Makes an Effective Action Coalition? TCC Group Offers Its Findings

Increasing Access to Care: The APRN Consensus Model 2008 to 2015

Holistic Admission Criteria: Promising Approaches

The Numbers Are There: Using Data to Pave the Way to Increased Diversity


Opportunities From Recent Weekly Updates:

American Nurses Foundation Seeks Grant Reviewers 
Application are due by February 28.

2016 Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Applications are due by March 15 at 3 p.m. ET. Supporting documents must be postmarked by March 16.

Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers Annual Meeting
April 27-29 | Orlando, Fla.

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